|Hubert A. Gibbs was born in Goin, Tennessee on December 7, 1899. He was admitted on trial in the Methodist Church, South, in the North Texas Conference in 1926. He was received into full connection in the St. Louis Conference in 1929. He transferred to the Louisiana Annual Conference in May of 1940 and served Napoleon Avenue Church in New Orleans for two years. Other appointments included Istrouma in the Baton Rouge District, Superintendent of the Lake Charles District, Arcadia, Oak Park, DeQuincy, and Fairview-Sweetlake. He retired from this charge in 1965 and made Lake Charles his permanent home. He expired on December 13, 1975. Brother Gibbs is survived by his wife of five years, Mrs. Katherine Gibbs, one daughter, Mrs. Sarah Jo Spencer of Lake Charles, two brothers and four granddaughters.
Hubert Gibbs was a fine pastor. He had a great capacity to care and to love those about him. This was made possible because he had experienced a deep love for Jesus Christ in his own heart. Hubert won the hearts and the confidence of people because he cared for them. I used to hear many fine reports of him while he served as a visiting pastor at First Church Lake Charles. He had no angle other than that of sharing what had been given to him: a deep and enriching experience of God’s own love for him and his love for those about him. He was truly a shepherd unto his flock. He cared for the shut-ins. He cared for those in hospitals. He cared for the depressed, the lonely, and the sinful. He cared for young people.
In Proverbs 18:24 we read: “There are friends who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother . . . .” The Book of Proverbs speaks of two types of friends. The one is the person who pretends, and the other is the real thing. Hubert was the “real thing.” Hubert Gibbs lived his three score years and ten. “Now there is laid up for him a crown of righteousness,” which his Heavenly Father will give to him. Let those of us who are left behind go out and care and be concerned for those about us.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1976, p.133 By R. Leonard Cooke|